Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy have an impact on your oral health. Pregnant women are at higher risk for developing gum disease so it is especially important to have regular dental checkups with the Dallas, TX Dentist during this time. It is also important for pregnant women to be aware that chronic gum disease has been linked to preterm and low birth-weight babies. You should also remember the fact that anything that happens in your body, including your teeth, has an affect on your baby's development.

How does pregnancy affect teeth and gums?

Pregnancy Gingivitis affects about half of all women who become pregnant. This condition can cause swelling, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gum tissue. If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant soon, you should have your dentist examine and clean your teeth if you haven't done so recently.

Is periodontal disease linked to preterm low birth-weight babies?

Studies suggest a possible relationship exists between periodontal disease and preterm, low birth weight babies. Because pregnant women with periodontal disease have a potential to have a baby born too early and too small, maintaining periodontal health during pregnancy is a wise precaution.

What steps can be taken to avoid this condition?

Obviously, a lifelong routine of proper oral hygiene, regular dental exams and cleanings at our Dallas, TX Dentist office are the best defense against  gum disease whether you are planning to become pregnant or not. Once you become pregnant be sure to advise our office, and make an appointment for a dental cleaning early in your pregnancy to get you on the right path for the changes that are already taking place. It is also wise to plan this early on as sitting in a dentist’s chair can become uncomfortable later in pregnancy.

Hormonal changes cause an increase in plaque production which can lead to decay. If you are not already doing so, be sure that you are following a diligent at-home oral hygiene routine, brushing after meals, flossing twice a day and avoiding sweets (or at least brushing immediately after).

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